Former Location of Lenox Theater

Category: Trolley Tour

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Augusta Black Heritage Trolley Tour

The grandest entertainment space was the Lenox Theater on 9th Street (now James Brown Boulevard). Designed by Augusta architect G. Lloyd Preacher, creator of many other landmark buildings in Augusta, the theater seated almost 600 on the ground floor and 300 in the balcony. There African Americans could enjoy live performances as well as “moving pictures’’ without having to enter through a Jim Crow door or sit in the balcony unless they chose to do so. The theater was the only place where patrons could see movies with all black casts. The Lenox also hosted fundraisers for charitable institutions and even political meetings.